NORTHBORO, Mass. - The Husson University Eagles used their high-powered offense by posting some high-scoring innings as they swept a two-game doubleheader from the Newbury Nighthawks on Saturday afternoon from the New England Baseball Complex.
Game One: Husson 16 - Newbury 6
An eight-run opening inning for the Husson Eagles provided plenty of breathing room as Husson defeated the Newbury Nighthawks, 16-6, in the first of two games on Saturday afternoon.
Husson senior Alex Chapman (Westford, Vt.) batted 3-for-4, including a two-run home run and three runs scored. Senior Conor Maguire (Ellsworth, Maine) went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Senior Luke Covey (Milton, Vt.) finished 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.
Nighthawks sophomore Dylan Presby (China, Maine) went a perfect 3-for-3, including an RBI and two runs scored. Senior David Center (Medford, Mass.) hit a pair of doubles, batting 2-for-4 with an RBI. Junior Dante Serino (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs.
The top of the first began with the Eagles first six batters reaching base safely before the Nighthawks recorded an out. Following a single and walk, junior David LeBlanc (Beaumont, Alberta, Canada) hit an RBI single to begin the scoring, giving Husson a 1-0 lead. Covey stepped in and delivered a two-RBI double to right-center, giving Husson a 3-0 lead. Covey later scored on a single for an Eagles 4-0 lead.
Following RBIs on a walk and fielder's choice to make it 6-0, Maguire returned for his second single of the inning, this time recording an RBI to give Husson a 7-0 lead. The Eagles finished off the eight-run inning with an RBI by LeBlanc on a hit batter.
Newbury responded in the bottom of the inning with an RBI double by Center and a sacrifice fly to trail 8-2 after one.
Husson responded with a pair of runs in the top of the second and top of the third to eventually lead 12-4 after three innings. A two-run home run by Chapman in third is the first of the season for him.
Newbury scored in six of the seven innings, manufacturing their second-highest run total in a game with seven. The 16-run output for the Eagles is a season-high.
Eagles sophomore Alex Brooks (Brewer, Maine) takes the win and improves to 2-0 this season. Nighthawks sophomore Leo Frisella (Tewksbury, Mass.) falls to 0-2 with the loss.
Game Two: Husson 12 - Newbury 2
The Husson Eagles recorded six extra-base hits, including two home runs, in the second game of the doubleheader, as Husson took both games on the afternoon against the Newbury Nighthawks, winning game two by the score of 12-2.
Husson senior Alex Chapman hit his second home run of the day and season, batting 1-for-5 in game two. Eagles freshman Ethan Stoddard (Old Town, Maine) hit his first career home run, a solo shot in the third. Freshman Kobe Rogerson (Brewer, Maine) batted a perfect 3-for-3.
The Eagles were out in front early, posting four runs in the top of the second, including a solo home run by Chapman. A pair of sacrifice flies would also contribute to the Eagles 4-0 lead after two.
Husson added three more in the third, starting with Stoddard's solo home run, giving the Eagles a 5-0 lead. Husson added to their lead on a Nighthawks error and an RBI single to lead 7-0.
With Husson leading 10-0, the Nighthawks broke up the shutout, starting the bottom of the sixth with a well-hit Presby triple that nearly cleared the fence. Center stepped in and on the first pitch of the at-bat, sent a two-run homer over the left field fence.
Eagles senior Ryan Allender (Rockland, Maine) picked up the win to go to 1-1. Nighthawks sophomore Ryan West (Jupiter, Fla.) took the loss, falling to 0-1.
Husson's wins move them to 7-6 this season as they travel to Mitchell for a doubleheader tomorrow afternoon.
The Nighthawks now sit at 1-7 and travel to Bridgewater State on Tuesday for a 3:00 p.m. game vs. the Bears.